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Cat Depot: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased items to enrich the cats’ lives during their stay at Cat Depot — mainly parts for our cat-agility obstacle course and cat hammocks for offices and pods, but also cardboard scratchers, scratching couches, and interactive toys.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Staying at a shelter can be a frightening experience — and boring for cats who don’t interact well with other felines and need to be on their own. We strive to provide these cats room in an office, but their human roommates aren’t there all the time. Having something to do and something to think about — like the agility course — alleviates boredom, prevents behavioral problems, and makes the cats more adoptable. Interactive toys encourage visitors to play with the cats. That’s good for both humans and pets – and can lead to adoptions. We are so very grateful for this opportunity to improve the environment.

How many pets did this grant help?

1,530

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Kimberlina was scared and unhappy and did not show her best side to adopters. Getting a tunnel allowed her to observe while feeling safe, and the interactive toys helped her burn off some energy while bonding with humans. The grant definitely helped her find her furever home.

Cat Depot: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Overtime expenses incurred by Hurricane Irma: Many staff members and volunteers worked around the clock before, during, and after the storm, not just to ensure the safety of Cat Depot cats, but assisting pets in the community and at other organizations all through the state.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Hurricane Irma put a strain on animal organizations. Before the hurricane, staff and volunteers worked long shifts preparing our facility, welcoming cats from other organizations that needed to evacuate, and ensuring personal pets in the community had the necessary vaccines and equipment to enter storm shelters. After the hurricane, staff and volunteers transported animals and supplies all over the state. The support from the Petfinder Foundation helped us keep the wheels turning — literally.

How many pets did this grant help?

250

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Lancelot is one of 25 lucky kitties who were evacuated to Cat Depot from Jacksonville Humane Society. Their facility flooded, but the cats were safe and snug with us and have now found loving furever homes. At right are a photo of Lancelot and three images from Cat Depot.

Cat Depot: Build-A-Bear Youth Humane Education Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We used the grant for our Parent and Me program, allowing children to learn about animals together with a parent and preparing them to volunteer and work with the cats as a team. The money was used for educational material, staff time, volunteer shirts, name tags, and a new mascot called Cali the Calico. The mascot is ear-tipped and has been used during the children’s training, for tabling events, and to educate about free-roaming cats and TNVR. Please see this video of her unveiling: youtu.be/6Wf0WdHxto0rnrn

One of the parents sent us this: “I just wanted to let you know Michael and I have really enjoyed everything you and your wonderful staff/volunteers have been teaching us these past few weeks. It’s been such a great learning experience as well as a very enjoyable activity. Everyone was so informative and courteous to us.”

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant helped us reach out to the community. The plight of pets in the U.S. today is a problem with roots deep in society, and any effort to improve the situation as a whole must start with educating the new generations. The grant helped us reach young people and their families, giving an opportunity to teach them about handling animals, empathy, and cats’ instincts and needs. Now these children and and their families know more, and they can spread the knowledge to their friends, to their friends’ families, and even in their schools. We hope to continue the “Parent and Me” program for years to come; each new animal advocate can make a huge difference. The pets in our care have benefited from an opportunity to get to know children, which in turn makes them more adoptable. They have gotten socialization and entertainment, and most of the parent-and-me teams will go on to volunteer, helping the cats on a regular basis.

How many pets did this grant help?

We have an average of 140 cats in the building. During the program, some were adopted and new ones came in. I’d estimate around 200.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Athena is currently our longest-term resident. She has greatly enjoyed the visits from the children — you can see her playing in the photo (she is the tortoiseshell cat in the foreground). The Parent and Me program and all the extra company and attention have helped her overcome some of her shyness. Meet Athena: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/37249019

Cat Depot: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Party Mix Cat Treats have been used for cats in the shelter as training treats, and as prizes at adoption events where adopters get to spin the “Wheel of Fur-tune” to win something for their new furry friend. The cats love the treats, and this generous gift has saved us an enormous amount of money, which in turn made it possible for us to take in even more deserving felines.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Treats are great for training cats to do everything from lap-sitting to running agility courses. Being in a shelter environment can be both stressful and tedious, and the treats help us with activities that enrich the resident cats’ lives. Many cats who act out are just bored, and training gives them both interaction with humans and something to think about. And who doesn’t like to get a treat every now and then!

How many pets did this grant help?

During 2016 thus far, we have taken in 871 cats and kittens.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Juniper (first photo) is an 11-month-old girl who was very shy when she first arrived to Cat Depot. The Party Mix treats have helped her open up to visitors and the other kitties, and she hopes her new confidence will help her find a home soon. For more information on Juniper, please visit her Petfinder profile: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34953439

Carmen (second photo) is a three-legged, declawed senior and long-time Cat Depot resident. She has waited for a home for over a year. When it comes to other cat treats, she’s interested in playing with the bags, but ignores the treats. Party Mix inspires her to attempt to break into the containers, which is quite a feat when missing a leg! In the third photo, Carmen has spotted an open container on a desk in the staff area! She hopes to find a home soon with a soft resting spot, gentle hands to rub her head and scratch her chin, and some Party Mix to snack on. Carmen’s profile can be seen here: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31935059

Cat Depot: Purina and Amazon Treats for the Holidays Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We received a Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats Product Grant from the Petfinder Foundation, and the treats have been used to brighten the lives of homeless cats in our care. Actually, we still have some left from this generous donation, and the cats look forward to treat time every day!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

On an average day, we have between 120 and 140 cats living at Cat Depot. They may vary in size and appearance, but they have one thing in common: They all love treats. When “treat-o’clock” comes, the cats gather by the doors to their pods, waiting eagerly — and we’d better have something to give them!

We normally rely on donations from the community. With this generous grant, neither humans nor cats have had to worry about the shelves being empty.

How many pets did this grant help?

140

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Chester (first photo) is a lovable guy just waiting for that special someone to come and take him home. He meows that he looks forward to Party Mix every day, and that the treats help him stay perky while he tries to charm potential ‘dopters. Chester’s profile on Petfinder can be seen here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34327062

L.E. Phant (second photo) was left behind in a home when a roommate moved out, and came to Cat Depot. She says the daily treats have helped her adjust to life in the shelter, and that the treats give all the kitties something to look forward to. She also enjoys watching TV and sitting on a purrson’s lap. Her profile on Petfinder can be found here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34545435

Harper’s purrson went to a nursing home, and he was left on his own for four months. A caretaker stopped by every day to tend to his needs, but couldn’t stay with him because of allergies. This lack of company made him shy, but he loves Party Mix, and the treats help him gather courage to approach people. He hopes to find a ‘dopter and be out of the shelter soon. Handsome Harper (third photo) has a profile here: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34545401

Cat Depot: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation helped us give cats rescued from the South Carolina floods the medical care they needed. Shelley Thayer, executive director of Cat Depot, says, “The Petfinder Foundation enabled us to take more cats than we typically would have been able to move through our system at the time of the disaster. Our budgets are predetermined at the beginning of the year, and although somewhat flexible, incoming cats – especially cats from disaster relief cases – are typically more medically expensive, putting a strain on our resources. This was the case for the South Carolina cats. The financial support we received allowed us to participate in the rescue effort and provide the necessary care these deserving cats needed. We are forever grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for helping us change the destiny of the South Carolina cats.”

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

All of the cats arrived with medical issues, and the grant has helped us address the needs of each cat. Cats, staff, and volunteers are all grateful for your assistance.

How many pets did this grant help?

6

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Myrtle (first and second photos) came to Cat Depot with severe eye problems and Lexington (third photo) had an ulcer on her tongue, dental problems, and infections. By now, four out of the six cats have found loving furever homes. Myrtle and Lexington are the only ones still remaining at Cat Depot, still receiving care from our veterinarians.

Meet Myrtle: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/34267044
Meet Lexington: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/33850927

Spartanburg (fourth photo) required medical care on arrival, just like the other cats from South Carolina. He made a quick recovery and turned into a healthy and playful kitty who would approach visitors to his pod, inviting them to interact with him. He was adopted on Christmas Eve and got to spend the holiday seasons in his forever home!

Cat Depot: Sponsor a Pet Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Depending on the cat’s needs, the money was either used for his or her care, or for a reduced adoption fee to increase the chance of finding a forever home.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

During 2015, Cat Depot took in 1,420 cats and kittens and found homes for 1,333. Our free-roaming, no-kill rescue is dependent on contributions from individual donors as well as organizations, and every dollar makes a difference in the lives of the cats. This specific grant affected five cats, assisting with everything from medical care to getting them into loving forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

5

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

The grant helped five cats: Kiwi, Pumpkin Puss, Debra Ann, Matthew, and Dolly. Pumpkin Puss (first two photos) came to Cat Depot when her owner could no longer care for her. We removed three bladder stones, which made her a much happier kitty. Finding a new home can be challenging for a black, 10-year-old cat, but she found a loving family. Today, she has a cat friend, snuggles with the family and sleeps in bed, and has a screened-in lanai for bird watching.

Dolly (third photo) came to us when her owner died, and the change in environment along with losing her loved human made her depressed. She spent a lot of time on the Cat Depot catios, hiding from other cats as well as visitors, and she needed many months to refind her cheerful self. After 14 months with us she found an adopter and her life turned around. Today, she is a cheerful princess who sleeps in bed, is surrounded by toys, and spends a lot of time purring on her owner’s lap.